Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Microsoft to force Windows 10 on Kaby Lake and Ryzen CPUs?

Microsoft to force Windows 10 on Kaby Lake and Ryzen CPUs?

You might think that Windows 7 and 8.1 aren't popular so Microsoft sees no reason to continue supporting these operating systems but that would be wrong.

"As new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support", a Microsoft spokeswoman told PCWorld last September.

"Unsupported Hardware: Your PC uses a processor that isn't supported on this version of Windows and you won't receive updates". As Microsoft has stated before, those processor generations include Intel's 7th-generation Core chips, AMD's Bristol Ridge, or Ryzen, processors, and the Qualcomm 8996.

The change in support policies is a major change for Microsoft, which historically has supported Windows for 10 years regardless of hardware. "And you won't receive updates".

Microsoft warned users of their plans in January 2016 and again in August 2016, but this has not stopped Windows 7 fans from grousing and threatening to switch to Linux.

Users who build their own devices are most at risk, particularly those who have an aversion to Windows 10, and insist on running older versions of Microsoft's platform. Neither was made with current generation processors in mind, and in the years since, Microsoft has shifted its focus away from those older operating systems and towards Windows 10.

Users have noted that devices running older versions of Windows are unable to download and install vital updates, potentially leaving their PCs at risk of attack. Installing on Windows 8.1, however, is relatively smooth sailing, and with Kaby Lake's overwhelming similarity to Skylake, dropping support does feel rather unnecessary. Windows 7 debuted in 2009, and Windows 8.1 was released in 2013.

This message appears when a user attempts to update their OS and a quick look at Microsoft's support page reveals upgrading to Windows 10 is the only way to fix the problem. "However, only support and drivers for Windows 10 will be provided in AMD Ryzen desktop processor production parts".

But having updates blocked obviously takes the risk factor to a whole new level. It is still, however it's spun, trying to get a greater number of people off Windows 7 and 8 and onto Windows 10.

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